One of the most balanced pieces on the iPhone that I have ever read. Thank you for calling it like you see it. Maybe this will remove the wool from the iSheep's eyes.
So relieving that the iphone 5 improvement over iphone 4s is not so big deal. Why? Because im an iphone 4s user. And definitely I am staying!!!
Anonymous, 29 Sep 2012buy it 1st then commentAdd another fanboi mantra "you can't afford it". Grow up, then comment.
let the loyal apple fanboys buy it....I am better off with a note2 or optimus G.plz gsmarena review the optimus G.it has very few disadvantages.apple's products have closed ecosystem,same boring UI & lacks tons of features that I think apple would add in the 9th iphone.
the optimus G is expected to be priced around 800$ considering optimus vu II was priced 835$.
iphone is not worth the 1000$ it is priced for..its probably good buy at 600$ no more than that
Anonymous, 29 Sep 2012Creds to GSMArenas reviewers for not being forgiving about iphones many restrictions and lack ... moreWOW! look at the Main disadvantages
This is probably on of the worst smartphones on the market..... And it overpriced too.
cant believe people still buy this crap in this age.They really need to learn to save money.
Creds to GSMArenas reviewers for not being forgiving about iphones many restrictions and lack of functionality. Its a OK review, i had expected the conclusion to be soft and forgiving but things actually kindof hardened up instead, facts were effectively banged down into good points.
ANSON , 29 Sep 2012GSM Arena , i found that , still missing highlight the IOS 6 Safari feature , which can upl... moreAnd that was all it took to impress you ahaha. You would really emphasize that? Seriously? Spend 15 minutes with an S3 or optimus G and youll find AT LEAST 20 software things to highlight, and maybe 19 of them would be more significant. Even the chinese brands has compareable software tricks up their sleeves.
Cowz, 29 Sep 2012Great hardware. The apps centric UI will never be for me and as someone who was in this marke... morehello sir
Apple doesn't make any hardware of its own
the screen comes from LG and Sharp electronics
until the 4s the processor was supplied by Samsung
so if you are going to count the innovative back panel that allows you to leave your own identity on your device
I won't blame you
Mehdimu, 29 Sep 2012"Secondly, the iPhone 5 is arguably the best looking of all the smartphones around" ... moreVery true, the ip4, and even 4s, was beautiful phones, for their times. Bu bringing out the same design again, now, when it even looks too tall because of the location of the front camera, is an anachronism, this design is so outdated and used up, its really a toilet paper roll with only one wipe left.
Its gay to say that this is still a great design. Hopelessly outdated. Beats the S3 design but if that was the goal then apple been aiming far below its target. Creds to samsung for going all the way to create a new design, even if its a bad design, at least they tried, while apple just copied themselves ONCE AGAIN!
feels like im reading the iphone 4 and iphone 4S review all over again... ZZZZZzzZZzzzz boring no innovation here.
"Secondly, the iPhone 5 is arguably the best looking of all the smartphones around" Gsmarena what is going on here, you seriously read before posting online. This is so biased I dnt even want to know who wrote this please edit this stupid line in your article. This is so unreal from you.
kevinkyle, 29 Sep 2012i never thought there would be a review of the iphone5 - that is not afraid to be brutally hon... moreI do have to question as to why "The new display is not proportionally bigger, but only taller" made the cons list. GSMarena's has a bias towards massive phones. It is silly for a phone site to act like a large screen fanboy and put such a comment as a con.
Why didn't the comment about the lack of customisation available in the UI make the cons list instead?
They mention it on page 4 "Although it's a standard-setting homescreen, it is not absolutely impossible to improve on - widgets, for one, could have made the right difference for some users." but it didn't make the cons list?
It is arguably the biggest drawback of the iPhone.
But yes, good review GSMarena.
GSM Arena ,
i found that , still missing highlight the IOS 6 Safari feature , which can upload photo directly in safari Browser which shown on Apple presentation Keynote on July !
guys !!! u all still remember this ?
i never thought there would be a review of the iphone5 - that is not afraid to be brutally honest. calling out both the pros and cons of the smartphone...unlike other tech site's review - they read like an obsessive fan mail for the iphone(engadget, slashgear, cnet, gizmodo etc. - congratulations GSMARENA_
Great hardware. The apps centric UI will never be for me and as someone who was in this market from the start I can't bring myself to support the company that turned this into the law suit industry.
Google are a dodgy company pretending to be your friend but tricking you and tracking you at every step to sell everything about you they can get their hands on. The main companies in this game are not great.
Apple still make better hardware than any one else (well phones like the Sony Xperia SX are great but if you give 99% of the World the middle finger by not selling them a comparable device then they don't don't count).
If only you could buy iPhone hardware and then put some non apps centric and non intrusive operating system on it. Why don't Apple offer a more configurable UI.
Remember people, don't be a fanboy or things won't improve.
Excellent review GSM Arena. There were always great expectation for this device, as you mention. I suppose a question is are our expectations too high. Everyone now continually expect great advances, or some points of difference. Frankly there is insufficient focus on functionality and purpose , and too much focus on benchmarks and “smoothness of the OS”. I would rather see far greater business integration, less social network rubbish, and more timesaving personal usage products. I feel there is a great opportunity for WP8 if they get it right. Android is like a toy but every toy becomes boring very quickly. If WP8 is decent, it will naturally cut into the Android market first, and then into the Apple market. After the initial buying of new toy frenzy, Apple will have a flat market demand problem they will have to address in the next 6 months.